Kyle Okposo, 28, Right Wing
Contract: Signed through 2015-16 -- eligible for unrestricted free agency
Season stats: 79 GP - 22 G - 42 A - 64 points - 202 shots - 18:12 ATOI - 50.6 CF Percentage
Career stats: 529 GP - 139 G - 230 A - 369 points - 1346 shots - 18:33 ATOI - 50.6 CF Percentage
This season was an important one for Okposo. Coming off surgery to repair a detached retina last season, Okposo struggled in last year's playoffs, and some wondered if he'd ever be the same player after an injury that had the potential to leave him blind in one eye. With his free agency approaching, the stakes were high, and fortunately for both Okposo and the Islanders, Kyle was no worse for the wear.
Actually, his 2015-16 season was pretty much exactly the type of player Okposo has been and will continue to be at the NHL level. Okposo shot the puck right around his career level. His Corsi For was identical to his career mark (albeit a drop off from the torrid 54.7 pace he was on pre-injury in 14-15), and he surpassed the 20 goal mark for the third time in his career. He was second on the team behind John Tavares in Individual Corsi (272) and Fenwick (207) at 5-on-5, and was the top scorer on the team (seven goals, 16 assists, 5.94 Points Per 60) on the power play. That's essentially what can be expected from Okposo, and it should fetch him a pretty penny come July 1.
Okposo bounced back nicely from a down postseason in this year's playoffs, too. His 8 points (two goals, six assists) in 11 games were second on the team behind Tavares, and he forced a team-high 44 shots on net. He also had three of his playoff goals on the power play, which is a huge step in the right direction for Kyle heading into free agency. If he can show he can score big special team goals in clutch situations, it should drive his price up.
The question, of course, is how much of this is attributable to playing alongside Tavares for the majority of time? It seems like we're about to get our answer. Will Kyle carve out a nice post-Islanders career for himself with a different centerman setting him up? Or will he be another in a line of talented wingers that JT simply brought the best out in? We'll almost assuredly have our answer next season.